Classic Chemistry Experiments : The reduction of iron oxide by carbon


Metals high in the reactivity series will reduce the oxides of those lower in the series. The oxides of metals between zinc and copper in the reactivity series can be reduced by carbon. In this experiment, sodium carbonate is used to fuse the reactants in intimate contact.


This experiment is one of a collection of 100 experiments in a book called Classic Chemistry Experiments. You can buy a copy via the Royal Society of Chemistry online shop for £27.50.